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In Pictures: Survivors Of Paedophile Priests Confront Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

by | 4th, April 2010

HAPPY Easter, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, from Kevin Flannigan and Eamon Reid, other survivors of clerical abuse. Both are blocked from entering Easter Sunday Mass at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, where Archbishop Martin is speaking. Also images of Cardinal Keith O’Brien greeting his congregation after his Easter Sunday Homily at St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

The head of the Church in Scotland, apologised to abuse victims. What does the Church do to restore faith in its representatives? The Pope has compared the castigation of the Church to the experience of the Jews. Maybe.

But we prefer the othe wsay around – we prefer to look at the survivors and see in their eyes and hear in their voices the telling of a tale that needs to be told. We prefer to evoke the words of Primo Levi – the Holocaust survivor’s tale of a trip home from Auschwitz to Italy. He passes through Germany.  He wants the Germans to look up. He wants to be noticed. He wants them to see him and to know what they have done. He wants recognition. But he doesn’t get it. The Germans are flattened. They do not see.

All that is left is nothing but the story.

And the story must be told.

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Eamon Reid (right), a survivor of clerical abuse confronts Archbishop Diarmuid Martin (right) on his way into Easter Sunday Mass at St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. Pressure has been mounting on the Catholic Church since a bombshell report in November that detailed decades of child abuse in Ireland and found paedophile priests were shielded by peers and officials.



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